Describe life on the programme?
Life on the programme was challenging and fast paced. It
required a quick transition from cleaning mud tanks, carrying out a derrick inspection,
handling slips, tongs and drill pipe in muddy coveralls and a hard hat, to
suiting up for the office or getting ready for training courses. Life on the
programme also involved a high level of interaction and communication with the
full spectrum of employees, in different parts of the world from roustabouts to
members of the company’s executive management team.
What was the highlight of the programme?
The highlight of the programme was my transition into my first managerial
role as Assistant Rig Manager on the Ben Rinnes, a LeTourneau class 53 jack-up rig,
operating in Gabon.
What experience did you gain?
My experience is numerous from hard skills on the theory and practice of drilling wells and drilling equipment to soft skills on communicating effectively, motivating teams, managing from a distance and coping with several cultures. There was always something new.